10 Modern Goth Hairstyles to Fit Your Edgy Personality

Slip into a new hair trend this season: goth hairstyles.

Goth hairstyles are back! We bet that’s something you didn’t think would happen. If you’re not familiar with these kinds of hairstyles, goth styles are typically black, heavily layered hairstyles with thick side-swept bangs. Styling usually meant keeping it messy, and the only accessories in sight were black lipstick and coordinating eyeliner. Does that sound familiar? What started as a style worn by mostly punk rock bands and their fans is now being transformed by your favorite influencers, models, and celebrities.

10 Modern Goth Hairstyles

The goth hairstyles we see today embrace rainbow hues of hair color and hair types. Whether you have stick-straight hair, blonde, brunette, pink, or red hair, there are modern goth hairstyles for every personality. Feeling vampy? Read on as we explore each one:

1. Slicked Back Hair

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Slicked back hair is fashion-forward and one of the easy gothic hairstyles to copy too. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Whether you’re preparing for a night out on the town or just want to embrace your inner goth goddess every day, these effortlessly chic hairstyles allow you to channel your dark side with ease.

2. Micro Fringe

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Part film noir, part punk rock. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A baby bang is one of the last words in stylish goth, and we’re more than stoked to see that this once-subversive look is now going mainstream. Ask your stylist for a bang that rests high above your forehead, and pair it with some texture for that undeniable cool factor.

3. Sleek Pony

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On-trend red shadow and lipstick make for a killer combo too.

A super-sharp ponytail done on the darkest of hair hues is equally home on the runways and at your fave after-dark clubs. Use a fine-tooth comb to sweep your hair back into a sleek ponytail and get rid of any flyaways.

4. Accented Twists

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Make a style statement by adding a pop of color to your twists. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Twists not only provide protection for your natural hair but also offer a versatile canvas to express your individuality – from fiery reds to deep blues, the possibilities for adding a pop of color to your twisted hairstyle are endless.

5. Messy Bob

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Let your waves go with gothic hairstyle messy bobs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

We love some legit short goth hairstyles, and the best ones are known for controlled chaos with waves and curls. Use a curling iron to create waves, then break them up with your fingers. Add TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Control Gel to hold your style in place and give it a wet sheen.

6. Beehive

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Beehives are all about attitude. Photo credit: Dvora

Beehives are back and can be worn by any hair type, and provide a cool, vintage twist to the goth look. The trick to making a beehive is back-combing or teasing the hair to create extra, extra volume. Use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum on strands to help you tease without damaging tresses.

7. Fishtail Crown Braids

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Fishtail braids are perfectly done “undone” gothic hairstyles.

Gothic hairstyles often embrace the fascinating contrast between perfectly executed and slightly disheveled looks, exemplified by the allure of fishtail braids. If you’re new to this captivating style, you can master it with our fishtail braid tutorial.

8. Messy Top Knot

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Get sassy with a messy top knot.

File this under the cute goth hairstyles category! Top knots are sexy, practical, and chic. You can wear them to the gym, then at the office, and… well, anywhere. Give the top knot a gothic hairstyle spin by making it slightly undone and messy. Use Suave Professionals Natural Hold Non Aerosol Hairspray for a soft flexible hold that keeps your style in place without making your hair feel sticky or hard.

9. Tapered Afro

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Tapered afros highlight your good looks.

The tapered afro not only adds a unique and playful twist to goth hairstyle trends but also celebrates the beauty of natural hair textures, minimizing the need for excessive curl manipulation while exuding a captivating sense of gothic individuality.

10. Crimped Hair

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Crimping hair is a fast way to create gothic hairstyles.

Do you know how we mentioned earlier how styles come back again? Crimped hair was big in the ’80s and yes, it’s back! Use a hair crimper to recreate this texture or simply braid your damp hair into small braids overnight!

Are you thinking about trying out one of these goth hairstyles? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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